Thank you author Kat Black for sending me this pic from Sydney airport. THE LAST NIGHT on the shelf next door to a total book legend – Liane Moriarty. Oh and JK..!
It was amazing to see author Joanne Harris review THE LAST NIGHT on Goodreads. She has always been a real favourite with me, Coastliners is a book I often return to and so many of her reads have an incredible atmosphere and warmth. So I was thrilled to see she had enjoyed my second novel. The review is below. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to review and shout about books, it makes an enormous difference and is always lovely to see.
May 4th is not far away now and the mass market paperback will be out in shops. Look at it in all it’s gorgeousness. I adore this wistful cover by Anna Morrison – it really suits the tone of the book.
Set in the 1950s and the present day it’s a suspenseful read as an antique furniture restorer gets caught up in uncovering a tragic secret from the past. For those who loved the fact my debut THE SILENT HOURS was based on a true story you will not be disappointed as this book is also based on a real event.
My second novel THE LAST NIGHT is out so soon! November 3rd is creeping up fast and reviewers and bloggers are diving in. I can’t wait to share this story with you. Set in the present day and the 1950s the story follows Irina, an antique furniture restorer, troubled by strange goings-on surrounding a bureau she is working on. Resolving to track down the truth around the piece she finds herself uncovering a forgotten story of another woman and the terrible events of another time…
A fabulous few days at the Henley Literary Festival. Chats with the fascinating duo Renee Knight and S.J.Watson, a great time being grilled by Amanda Jennings about THE SILENT HOURS and all things writing and then hosting a Creative Writing Workshop with Claire McGowan and the hilarious Tasmina Perry. I feel fired up and ready to dive back into my manuscript. Thank you to the organisers for inviting me along.
I had a fabulous session at the Henley Literary Festival chatting to fellow authors Nicola May (above) and Amanda Jennings. We discussed THE SILENT HOURS – the research that went into the book, the writing process and the true event that inspired the story. It was lovely to field questions from members of Book Clubs and sign copies at the end. Thank you so much to the Henley team for inviting me.
I had a fabulous time in sunny Henley chairing a panel for two fantastic authors. S J Watson is of course well-known for his hugely successful debut BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and his second book SECOND LIFE is out now. It’s a tense read focusing on Julia and her search for her sister’s killer that leads her into a murky online world.
We were joined by Renee Knight, author of DISCLAIMER, a fabulous debut about a woman who discovers a book by the side of her bed that seems to reveal a deep, dark secret from her own past.
We discussed their different approaches to plotting, their working day, their top writing tips, some of the more exciting moments in their career and all sorts. The Henley Festival audience were lovely and questions flowed.
I loved the chance to meet two people who have written books I really enjoyed. Thank you all at Henley Festival for inviting me to chair the panel.
Today THE SILENT HOURS made it into the Top 10 of the eBook chart. It is currently at #4 and is #1 in the Historical Fiction chart. This is one of the moments that you dream about and I wanted to thank everyone who supported the book to get it there. I’ve been blown away by the online cheer-leading from bloggers, authors and fellow bookworms. Thanks also to the fabulous Digital Team and Publicity Folks at Corvus, Atlantic Books. Now to celebrate!